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Barrow Hedges Primary School

A Child's War - Autumn 1

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We begin our year with the exciting topic 'A Child's War'. This begins with an 'Evacuee Day', where we come to school dressed as evacuees and take a trip to the train station to imagine what it would have been like for school children during World War II being evacuated away from home and our families.

During History lessons, we learn about the key events of World War II, including evacuation, wartime homes, weaponry, 'Dig for Victory', and the very moving topic of persecution and the Holocaust (RE and Judaism) where we are encouraged to think deeply and sensitively and reflect upon these events. This learning also helps to develop our English skills, where we write letters home from evacuees, diary entries in the style of Anne Frank, historical narratives and persuasive leaflets.

Furthermore, in Music, we enjoy learning and singing wartime songs. In Art, we study and create work in the style of wartime artist Henry Moore, and in D&T, we enjoy researching, designing, making and evaluating our own Anderson Shelters.

Finally, we end our topic with a VE day style street party, including singing, wartime treats and games.



Other learning includes the study of 'Light' in Science where we undertake a range of enquiry questions to understand how light travels, is reflected and how different materials respond to light. 

'New Beginnings' is our PHSE focus this half term and we consider how to work effectively in a group and making responsible choices (linking back to our History topic). PE comprises of Gymnastics and Football, and we become travel writers in Computing.

Our French learning takes us to numbers to 70, knowing the names of the months of the year and being able to name different clothes.